Shooting victim found dead in crashed car recently filed EPO against man

Shooting victim found dead in crashed car recently filed EPO against man
Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 4:20 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2016 at 12:57 AM EDT
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Brandon Hansford (Source: GoFundMe.com)
Brandon Hansford (Source: GoFundMe.com)
The car Hansford was driving crashed into a home on Upper Hunters Trace. (Source: Daniel...
The car Hansford was driving crashed into a home on Upper Hunters Trace. (Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News)
This is a closer look at the detached garage Hansford's car hit. (Source: Maira Ansari/WAVE 3...
This is a closer look at the detached garage Hansford's car hit. (Source: Maira Ansari/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A shooting victim who was found dead inside his car in southwest Louisville on Monday recently had taken an emergency protective order (EPO) out against a man who he said was stalking and harassing him.

Brandon Hansford, 29, of Louisville, died from multiple gunshot wounds early Monday morning.

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WAVE 3 News has obtained an EPO that Hansford filed on June 23, 2016. In the EPO, Hansford identifies the person he filed the paperwork against. WAVE 3 News is not identifying him as of now because police have not named him as a suspect in the case.

"He was just protecting himself and tried to do it by the law," Brandon Hansford's mother, Kathy Hansford, said. "I think he was a violent guy from a couple little stories Brandon had told me."

According to the EPO, Hansford said on June 22 a man came to his home while he was working on his car and wanted to provoke an altercation. Hansford said he asked the man to leave and the man waved a gun at him. Hansford said he called police.

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On June 11, 2016, Hansford said he went to work, and when he returned to his car, the man was blocking the exit with his vehicle. Hansford said the man got out of his car and started to walk toward him. When he noticed that Hansford had his child with him, he backed away. Hansford said the man told him, 'You are lucky your son was with you.'

Hansford said the man had previously physically assaulted him, driven by his home and flashed a gun at him. He also said the man had someone else physically assault him, and Hansford stated that he was afraid for his child's safety and for his own safety, as well.

Hansford was found dead about 12:34 a.m. on Monday in the 2100 block of Upper Hunters Trace after a homeowner felt Hansford's car hit her home and crash into her back garage.

Kathy Hansford, said she and her son lived close to where her son was found dead. Kathy Hansford said Brandon Hansford was on his way home when he was killed.

"I'm not angry, I'm heartbroken," Kathy Hansford said

She believes her son was shot while he was inside his car.

"The coroner said he had three to four gunshot wounds," Hansford said.

She believes she knows who killed him.

Police have not said how Brandon Hansford was shot or where the shooting took place. Investigators said he was driving on Upper Hunters Trace and hit Marlene Sutphin's home around 12:30 Monday morning. The car hit the front of Sutphin's mother's bedroom.

"I heard a scraping sound," Sutphin said.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from across the street.

Kathy Hansford said she is heartbroken Brandon will never be able to see his 3-year-old son grow up.

"I lost my son, and he won't see his boy grow up," Hansford said.

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She has a message for the person who took so much from her: "You took my son, How could you? How dare you?"

The death of Hansford has been ruled a homicide. Police have not made an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 502-574-LMPD (5673).

Tap here to view a GoFundMe page that has been set up to help with Hansford's funeral expenses.
 
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